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Rolf Jensen Grant recipient exceeds program goals

By Lisa Braxton Officials with the North Shore Fire Department, Bayside, Wisconsin, say expectations were exceeded with the Prevent, Prepare, and React initiative, funded by NFPA’s Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The major goals of the program were…

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How mock town meetings can help you secure a home fire sprinkler requirement

By Fred Durso, Jr. Illinois fire officials take part in a mock board meeting addressing a home fire sprinkler requirement Illinois is a rough-and-tumble political state with Chicago-style politics setting an example for the thousands of other units of government…

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NFPA responds to critique of home fire sprinklers and claim that the fire service will financially benefit from sprinkler requirements

By Fred Durso, Jr. NFPA President Jim Pauley NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative team came across a blog post written by a Massachusetts policy and communications adviser. In his post, titled “Outcry for Mandating Sprinklers Not Coming From the Public”, he…

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One news story highlights the life-saving power of fire safety education and working smoke alarms; another shows the potentially fatal consequences when they’re missing

By Susan McKelvey Eight-year-old Isaija Hodge helped his 86-year-old great grandmother and four-year-old Chihuahua safely escape a home fire this week, thanks to working smoke alarms and fire safety lessons he learned at school. In October, smoke alarms were installed…

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If you think the U.S. is the only country advocating for home fire sprinklers, think again

By Fred Durso, Jr. There is a Canadian-sized effort taking place in support of home fire sprinklers. Rivaling actions seen in the U.S., advocates across the border are as equally firm on their stance that fire sprinklers in new homes…

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Why the public may have the wrong opinion on home fire sprinklers–and what you can do to correct it

By Fred Durso, Jr. Home fire sprinklers may be the last thing on people’s minds. Or maybe they have the wrong impression on how these devices operate. Whatever the case, knowledge can surely be power. This article was written last…

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In the December issue of Safety Source: new Dan Doofus video, Project Holiday resources, Christmas tree burn video & more

By Lauren Backstrom The December issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; NFPA’s annual holiday fire-safety campaign, “Project Holiday” New Dan Doofus video, Yule Light Up My Life…

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Make the holiday season a safe one

By Lisa Braxton Many of us are busy these days decorating our homes for the holidays, choosing favorite recipes for lunches and dinners, and tidying up. As we prepare to make family and friends comfortable when they visit, let’s keep…

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In a state threatened by anti-sprinkler legislation, safety advocates join forces to educate, advocate for home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Ron Siarnicki (left), executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci stand near a display during a life safety conference this month in Annapolis, Maryland. The display commemorates home…

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Heating safety tips sheet now available in Spanish

By Lisa Braxton NFPA has just added a new safety tips sheet in Spanish to its library of free, downloadable materials. The tips sheet on heating can be customized with the name of the fire department or organization and contact…

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